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Posted in acrylic paintings, afrofuturism, black history month, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 7 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Emerging Maryland Artist to Present Mixed Media Exhibit “It’s Complicated” at Center for the Arts

Exhibit Dates: February 7-March 27, 2020

Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm
(Hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present “It’s Complicated”, featuring emerging Baltimore artist Dr. Yemonja Smalls.

It’s ComplicatedAn Investigation into the Complexities of Relationships
When used to define the relationship, the uttered words, “it’s complicated” suggest hidden or unexplained snags, trickiness or entanglement that blur the beauty of the bond. In her first east coast solo show, Yemonja selects and assembles mixed media to convey the complexities that color relationships. In this investigative show, she explores both a metaphorical and literal process of breaking, tearing, hiding, layering and cementing to yield insight into what creates and maintains unions.

Through deconstructed and re-assembled materials, Yemonja presents multifaceted layers of said connections with precision. The chemistry of colors combined are held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole.  She presents reflections of life/death, self-love, soul-ties, and work-life balance, to name a few, for viewer dialogue.

About the Artist:

Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an artist with very little formal artistic training.  Originally from Hershey, PA, but a recent Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD transplant, she works in the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Yemonja completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in clinical psychology. She is expanding her clinical skills with a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has interned at sites supporting adults with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as African American teenage girls who experienced life trauma, and family caregivers who may be subject to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Yemonja’s creations in various mediums have been exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, on the set of the famous Fox Hit TV show “Empire”, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Howard University, Hill Center Galleries, the Sojourner Family Peace Center among others, and reside in various private collections across the nation.

www.YemonjaPaints.com

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Photography, Poetry, Student Artwork, Visual Arts, on 6 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Congratulations to all of our winners & participants! Our sponsor, Lockheed Martin, will host an informal viewing at their facility on February 13, between 3-5 pm. RSVP is REQUIRED, so please do not miss out! Contact Lynn Fields at lynn.fields@lmco.com to register or 703-367-4546

Visual Art:

1st Place: Yohanna Taddesse, Still-Life, Pastel, Woodbridge

2nd Place: Carolyn Vaseghi, What Brings Us Together, Oil, Homeschool

3rd Place: Kyra Morris, Faded Into Distortion, Prismacolor & Graphite, Woodbridge

Honorable Mention:
Felicity Gonzalez Rivera, In His Eyes, Colored pencil, Colgan

Hope Dearborn, Munchen, Germany, Digital Photography, Patriot

"Hi, my name is Hope Dearborn and I am an Eleventh grader at Patriot HS. Most of my time is devoted to school, volleyball, crossfit, and recently dive, but art has always been something that I use to wind down. Whether it be music, drawing, or painting, art has been a consistent outlet for me. When I took photography one last year I fell in love with the instant connection the medium allowed me to make with the world around me. When I got the chance to go to Israel and Munich, Germany, I was excited of course to explore overseas, but also to document every part of the trip. This photograph is a bird’s eye of Munich, taken from the top of a tower that some friends and I climbed for a euro."

Keilani Wetternach, Sunset Oasis, Acrylic, Osbourn Park

Art & Technology:

1st Place: David Jones, Binary Focus, Digital Art, Colgan

Click here to read about David's art process!

Poetry:

1st Place: Lily Parker, “Creatures of the Night”, Colgan

2nd Place: Olivia Misero, "Water Falling", Colgan

3rd Place: Sam Faulk, "I'm Not a Poet", Osbourn 

Honorable Mention:

Lynn Vassar, “Passing By”, Colgan

Caitlin McGeehan, “A Poet’s Purpose’, Forest Park

Josseline Calderon Rivera, “A Poet’s Purpose”, Osbourn

Wearable Art:

1st Place: Isabella Goglia, Colgan, Materials: Plastic trash bags, math paper, Computer cords, tape, glue, and paint

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Photography, Poetry, Visual Arts, on 3 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Local Published Poet to Display Art & Poetry at Center for the Arts in “Camera Eyes: On Poetry” Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: January 15-February 5, 2020
Meet the Poet Reception: January 18, 6-9 pm (Poetry Recitation: 6:45 pm)
(Snow Date: January 25, 6-9 pm)

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present “Camera Eyes: On Poetry”, featuring local published poet and photographer, JoAnn Lord Koff.

In Going Home, JoAnn Lord Koff, Digital Photography

Camera Eyes: On Poetry cultivates a visceral connection between JoAnn’s original, timeless photographic images and the heartfelt vision within her accompanying poems. In trying to mix two mediums, visual images and printed words, JoAnn connects what is a “truism”, using pictures as words and vice versa. Photography is an instantaneous art form, which can rarely be duplicated. A poem on the other hand, often ferments before its fragile birth and requires time to mature in rewriting. Each relies on instinct and wants its audience to feel its meaning or expression nonetheless. The exhibit consists of approximately 30 pieces of poetry and photography based on JoAnn’s book "Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks”, a 2019 nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. It will run concurrently with the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition at the Center for the Arts held on January 23, 1-4 pm.

About JoAnn Lord Koff:
JoAnn Lord Koff is a resident of Northern Virginia. Her philosophy of life is deeply rooted in her multi-cultural heritage. As a young child, she lived in Charny, France, and moved around within the United States while her father was in military. She attended Lynchburg College where she majored in English, Writing and Secondary Education. Her love of history, her passion for the arts and her taste of originality is clearly depicted in her book, the first from Sappho Publishing, Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks. This book is a culmination of decades of poetry that she has written and photographs she has taken all around the world.

“I Have Camera Eyes” (excerpt) by JoAnn Lord Koff:
“We shape what we see,
The mystery is in the image,
What we perceive, but a clue,
What I am, but a part.”

The Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street in historic Manassas. The Center for the Arts is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM Mon – Fri; 1 pm – 5 pm Saturday.

Center for the Arts, Jordan Exum: 703-330-2787 - jexum@center-for-the-arts.org
9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110
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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 2 August 2019, by , 0 Comments

Artist Martin Cervantez Scheduled to Host Public Art Project at the Center for the Arts

Date: Sunday, August 18, 1 pm-4 pm
Location: Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County
(1st Fl Gallery), 9419 Battle St., Manassas, VA 20110

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703-330-2787

In celebration of Martin Cervantez’s current solo exhibition at the Center for the Arts, we are hosting a FREE collaborative public art project on Sunday, August 18, 1-4 pm. Much of Martin’s life work incorporates found objects repurposed into new art forms, creating unique pieces with a variety of textures and shapes. Martin’s unrestricted artistic process is the inspiration behind this public art project, and he will guide you as you work as a group to create a multi-media sculpture to be placed in Old Town Manassas. No artistic experience or background required.

About the Artist
Martin Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an illustrator, and it has drastically shaped his life ever since. Martin’s artwork and perspective are a direct result of these trying experiences. As a previous Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Martin was responsible for capturing the history of the army through his art, but since his deployment, he has found that he can utilize art as a therapeutic tool for recovery and self-discovery. Resilience and Rebirth is a visual exploration of Martin’s art therapy journey, and how its continued use has contributed to a whole new body of inspiring work: the Rebirth.

Artist Statement
My art is about a lot of different things, in whatever mediums I decide are appropriate to the subject matter, reference, and site specific considerations.  My talent and skills are unrestricted, so therefore my choice of mediums is also unrestricted.  I walk the earth freely, observing, experiencing, and creating.  The greatest gift to the creator, is the creative.  I create, and I share my gifts and love with all those who I encounter.  Mind, body and spirit are the areas in which my work has assumed its roles. Meditation, assemblage, and representation are the main components which comprise my life’s work.

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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 3 June 2019, by , 0 Comments

Resilience and Rebirth
Martin Cervantez

Exhibit dates: July 10-August 31
Pubic Art Project: Sunday, August 18, 1-4 pm

Martin Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an illustrator, and it has drastically shaped his life ever since. Martin’s artwork and perspective are a direct result of these trying experiences. As a previous Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Martin was responsible for capturing the history of the army through his art, but since his deployment, he has found that he can utilize art as a therapeutic tool for recovery and self-discovery. Resilience and Rebirth is a visual exploration of Martin’s art therapy journey, and how its continued use has contributed to a whole new body of inspiring work: the Rebirth. The artist describes this transition as a “Rebirth through relocation, redefined vision, and relevance to my own experiences”. Learn more about Martin’s story & the power of art therapy at the reception Saturday, July 13, 6-8 pm.

Artist Statement

My art is about a lot of different things, in whatever mediums I decide are appropriate to the subject matter, reference, and site specific considerations.  My talent and skills are unrestricted, so therefore my choice of mediums is also unrestricted.  I walk the earth freely, observing, experiencing, and creating.  The greatest gift to the creator, is the creative.  I create, and I share my gifts and love with all those who I encounter.  Mind, body and spirit are the areas in which my work has assumed its roles. Meditation, assemblage, and representation are the main components which comprise my life’s work.

About the Center for the Arts:
Greater Manassas/Prince William County sponsors theatrical productions for children and adults, teaches arts classes, promotes visual arts and provides community outreach programs for local youth. Founded in 1984 by a group of artists and art lovers, the Center aims to enrich the quality of life in the Northern Virginia suburbs through arts performance and education. A theater, an art gallery and classrooms are located in the historic Candy Factory building in Old Town Manassas, at 9419 Battle Street.

Martin J. Cervantez's show Resilience and Rebirth is a sight to see...especially at night!

Not only does the art wow, but the lighting is programmed to change periodically, emphasizing different aspects of each piece as you move through the exhibition.

 

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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 9 May 2019, by , 0 Comments

Array of Light:
Art from the Center’s Instructors

Exhibit dates: May 15 – June 28, 2019
Reception: Saturday, May 25, 6-8 pm

The Center for the Arts is proud to present Array of Light: Art from the Center’s Instructors, an exhibition that celebrates the creativity and skill of our instructors. The group exhibit features 17 artists that currently teach or have taught at the Center for the Arts, but it is only a sample of what our talented art department has to offer. The artists represent a wide variety of art mediums and applications, including: digital photography, painting, mixed media, illustration, fiber art, printmaking, and digital media. Meet the gifted instructors at the reception Saturday, May 25, 6-8 pm.

Exhibiting Artists:
Amanda Shaw                            Jean Seelig
Annaliess Trommatter             Kimberly Faulkner
Candace Penders                       Lee Darter
Carla Jaranson                           Lydia Bratton
Carla Riga                                    Martin Cervantez
Cheryl Miehl                               Michele Frantz
Deborah Dismuke                     Mike Flynn
Emily Thomson                         Suhail Mir
Nicole Osborne

The artists featured in Array of Light teach the following classes at the Center for the Arts:

Amanda Shaw (Children’s mixed media summer camps)
Annaliess Trommatter (Charcoal drawing)
Carla Jaranson (Sumi-e Brush Painting)
Carla Riga (Lotus Leaf Painting)
Cheryl Miehl (Bookmaking, Art Journaling, Mixed Media Acrylics, Printmaking)
Emily Thomson (Figure Drawing, Portraiture, Painting, Illustration)
Jean Seelig (Asian Brush Painting)
Kimberly Faulkner (Art Therapy)
Lee Darter (Fiber Arts, Felting, Meditative Art)
Lydia Bratton (Digital Art, Cartooning, Anime, Mixed Media, Nature Art, 3D Art & Sculpture)
Martin Cervantez (Sculpture, Painting, Abstract Art, Meditative Art)
Michele Frantz (Watercolor & Acrylic Painting, Soft Pastels, Open Studio Art, Calligraphy)
Mike Flynn (Plein Air Painting, Watercolors, Mixed Media)
Nikki Osborne (Digital Media, Animation, Videography, Mixed Media)
Suhail Mir (Photography, Digital Art)
Deborah Dismuke (Oil Painting, Portraiture Painting, Photorealism, Digital Media, Private Lessons, Portfolio Development)

Visit center-for-the-arts.org for more information on classes and programming.

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Reception, Saturday, May 25 (6-8 pm)

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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 22 April 2019, by , 0 Comments

One Love: Celebration of Life with the Arts
Juried Art Exhibition
Exhibit dates: April 19-May 10
One Love is a transformative 3-day multi-media art event that is a celebration of life and our diverse artistic community. The event is designed to give artists a platform to perform, share and leverage their art to the betterment of the community, while raising awareness and inspiring hope for the love of all artistic platforms. As a part of the One Love festival, The Center for the Arts will host a juried art exhibit opening May 19 featuring original artwork from local and regional artists. Awards will be announced at the meet the artist reception Friday, April 26, 6-9 pm.

1st Place 2018: Michele Frantz, Blue Ridge Gal, Watercolor, 16 x 20

1st Place 2019:

 

A preview of the One Love Juried Art Exhibit, 2019:


 

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Posted in afrofuturism, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 13 February 2019, by , 0 Comments

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted the Born at the Bottom of the Ship on Saturday, February 9. We had an excellent turnout and a night full of wonderful discussion! All paintings are for sale, and we have giclee prints available by request (shipped directly to your door!). Contact jexum@center-for-the-arts.org for more info!

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 11 January 2019, by , 0 Comments

2019 Off the Wall Awards

Visual Art:

1st Place: Luke Pham, Still-Life, Osbourn

2nd Place: Mujgan Gadimbayli, Beauty of Nature, Battlefield

3rd Place: Manuel Guerrero Zdeinert, Freedom of Want, Osbourn Park

Honorable Mention:
Annie Chotikul, Owls Under Waterfalls, Colgan
Francesco Feltri, L’arte Di Essere Fragili, Osbourn
Kiara Grover, Skull Still-Life, Colgan
Emily Yates, A Beading Reflection, Colgan

Art & Technology:

1st Place: Hermon Seyoum, Hoarder’s Post, Colgan

Poetry:

1st Place: Abigail Banks, “Fire”, Woodbridge

"Fire"

Red

Yellow

White

The colors flash

Flickering

The searing heat

Threatening to burn

Its movement mesmerizing

 Golden tongues flicking

Unpredictable

As a poet’s mind

 

The grace

The beauty

Mesmerizing all

But hidden lies danger

Danger that can hurt

Injure

Kill

Fire

So life giving

Yet

So deadly

 

It ends

As it began

The glow softens

The flame bows

When once great

Its glory dies

The darkness approaches

Engulfing it whole

Leaving only glowing embers

And a wisp of smoke

To signal its reign

2nd Place: Annie Chotikul, “A Journey of Mind”, Colgan

3rd Place: Ryan Dorjderem “Fractal”, Woodbridge

Honorable Mention:
Natalya Green, “Disaray”, Woodbridge
April Joyce Landicho, “With You”, Woodbridge

Wearable Art:

1st Place: Tahmina Haque, Trash bags, tule, packing wrap, Colgan

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Posted in afrofuturism, afrosurrealism, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 31 December 2018, by , 0 Comments

Born at the Bottom of the Ship
James and Zsudayka Terrell

Exhibit dates: January 31 – March 4, 2019
Reception: Saturday, February 9, 6-8 pm

Born at the Bottom of the Ship investigates the identity of the descendants of Africans brought to America, and how that identity still exists in the new tribe - Blacks, who are uniquely African American while also being considered neither. James and Zsudayka Terrell address this disconnect in Born at the Bottom of the Ship by creating their own collection of portraits that feature traditional African references incorporated within modernity. Their collection of acrylic paintings is a visual exploration of who African Americans are as a new culture, community, and tribe.

At first glance, their artwork may appear very similar, but upon further study, the distinct differences in overall style and painterly approach become prominent. Zsudayka’s works highlight the black woman’s experience in America using unique linear patterns reminiscent of fabric stitching and touches of realism. Zsudayka’s patterns also consume the background of most of her paintings, entrancing the viewer in a mash of color and lively, flowing brushwork. James’s paintings are often slightly flatter in appearance and more abstract with the use of large blocks of color, bold outlines, and detailed patterns to create his figures, which are mostly male. A few of James’s paintings also reference his passion for music with the inclusion of musical instruments.

About the Artists:
James Terrell and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell are a husband and wife team of visual artists living in Washington, DC. They paint beautiful, vibrant afro futurist abstract portraits. Both artists have been featured in galleries and museums across the country. James received the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award in 2017, and studied art at Howard University and Parson School of Art and Design. Zsudayka pursued a career in journalism before shifting her focus to a career in the arts. The Terrells work closely with local nonprofits to develop youth art programming in their community, and both have been teaching art for 10+ years. Meet the artists at the reception February 9, 6-8 pm hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (9419 Battle St., Manassas, VA 20110). Receptions are free and open to the public.

Giclee Prints & Originals:

Giclee prints can be made of any of the paintings featured in the exhibit, and mailed directly to your home address. The prints come in a variety of sizes. Please see the giclee print pricing chart below. Contact jexum@center-for-the-arts.org or 703-330-2787 for more info.

BORN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SHIP
James & Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell
High quality giclee prints

Size               Price    
12x18           $260
18x24           $390
20x30           $455
24x36           $520
30x40           $485
36x36           $650
36x54           $715
40x60           $780 

 

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